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Platform

Playstation Portable

 

Genre

Action /Shooter

 

Publisher

SCEA

 

Developer

Slant Six Games

 

ESRB

T (Teen)

 

Released

February 16, 2010

 

 

- Great attention to detail
- Fluid gameplay
- Excellent controls, all things considered

 

 

- Iím starting to get that dťjŗ vu feeling
- The squad AI is almost too good
- The online voucher code business can be a turn off

 

 

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SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3

Score: 6.5 /10

 

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I have to admit this felt like putting in the 62nd version of SOCOM into my PSP. Maybe I just have had an overdose from the humble beginnings of the franchise on the PS2 but it seems like these games are outpacing Madden or Pokemon on the release schedule and that didnít start me out in the right mode.

Once I got past the obligatory training levels (which I actually found quite boring) the game got a little more interesting. As Alexander Gozorov awaits your capture

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 youíll have to use your instincts and your firepower to track him down. Instead of barking orders to your teammates through a headset which you can do in the past PS2 versions, youíll find yourself using the face buttons. It works quite well and youíll be getting the members of your team into stealth mode or a full on attack with surprising ease.
 

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Here is where my first problem comes into play. The AI team members are so good (and die so infrequently) that by the time you arrive on scene to a ďsituationĒ theyíve already taken care of the enemy for you. You often donít have to fire unless you really want to.

The cut scenes and the presentation are all at the quality level youíd expect. In general, the polish is here I just canít shake the feeling that Iíve been here before. Like in a Ratchet and Clank game Ė only not as good.

Heading online might perk you up a little bit Ė at least thereís some unpredictability going on that will dress up the Bomberman like repetition but be prepared to be welcomed by Sonyís new anti-piracy tactic on the PSP. In response to the incredible amount of piracy this machine faces, Sony has decided to include a voucher that entitles you to online play. If youíve bought this game used, youíll have to pay $20 to get another voucher code but first time UMD owners (or PSPgo downloaders) will have no trouble. Pirates need not apply this time around.

 

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You might actually find the adhoc multiplayer mode just as fun if youíve got enough people around you with PSPís. It certainly works well just donít forget to turn respawning on or youíll end up sitting out until the end of the round after you die. The four player online co-op mode is new and you might find this interesting (well at least itís different).

If I hadnít played and have seen so many of this type of game recently I probably would have given this a higher score. Itís a quality game, I just felt like Iíve been here before. If youíre new to the SOCOM experience, by all means give it a whirl. Youíll love it. If youíre a returning fan, be warned that you might not get as much out of it as you had hoped.

 

- Syd Bolton

(April 10, 2010)


Syd Bolton surrounds himself in classic gaming goodness at the Personal Computer Museumin Brantford, Ontario. He only made fun of Pokemon games because heís gotta catch them all.

 

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